The ice and snow are melting, the temps are rising, nature is turning green again, and that means it's time to leave your hibernation cave and get into some hiking, biking, camping, fishing, spelunking or whatever other outdoor adventure you feel like getting into.
Sure, you could throw on your favorite all-cotton tee, pull on some cargo shorts, and head out. But it's the 21st century, and you've got access to some of the best technical advancements in adventure apparel -- lighter, stronger, more durable clothes that can keep you comfortably protected from excessive sun, wind, rain and other nasty stuff -- all while looking great.
Howler Brothers Loggerhead Longsleeve
Not only does this henley from Austin-based Howler Brothers keep you cool and dry, but it'll also keep the sun from frying you with all-day a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) of 45 and thumb holes at the cuffs to ensure lower-arm protection. It also features an easy-to-reach mini stash pocket at the right rear, lined with sunglass-cleaning microfiber. Soft and breathable 100% polyester construction dries quickly, wicks away sweat and moisture, and moves when you move. Plus, it looks great even when you're not on the trail, and the coconut buttons are a nice touch. $65
Bear Grylls Craghoppers Trousers
Designed, wrecked, and approved by Bear himself, the Bear Original Trousers are lightweight (just more than 19 ounces), dry fast, protect against the sun and rain, and are tough enough to take on the wild. They have contrasting panels at the knees and butt for extra durability, and come with 6 pockets (2 zipped), drying loops, heel tape, and an elasticated waist to fit right, comfortably. If you can dish it out, they can take it. Eating bugs and drinking your own urine not required. $55
Ibex Momentum Jacket
Incredibly lightweight, and wind- and water-resistant, the Momentum jacket from Ibex, has a polyester shell lined with Merino wool to keep you warm when the sun goes down or the wind kicks up, yet weighs only about 11 ounces.
Easy to carry even in the smallest pack, the Momentum has hidden welted zip pockets at the sides, on the chest and across the back, an elastic drawstring bottom and reverse coil front zipper to keep the wind out, and articulated elbows so you don't have to give up mobility for warmth. Who cares if it's spring? Let the temps drop. $200
GGO Bamboo Native Hoodie
If you've ever worn bamboo, you know how soft and silk-like, yet durable, it is. To keep you warm when the temps call for more than a tee, pack the Native hoodie from GGO. The 100 percent organic-bamboo fleece is inspired by Native American designs and features braided pull cords. It's a whole different way to "go native." $110
Rex Technical Tee
Planning on doing a little fishing? The Rex Technical Tee was designed for you. It's got a tall collar to keep the sun off your neck while angling, thumb loops on the sleeves to to protect the back of your hands, and UPF 30+ fabric to protect the rest of you during a long day on the water. Quick drying and fast wicking, it keeps the water off of you and in the lake where it belongs. $44.95
The North Face Snake Eyes Fleece
Facing some cold nights, but don't want to take up a ton of packing space? Bring the Snake Eyes fleece from The North Face instead. It's a lightweight, full-zip jacket made from Polartec Power Dry High Efficiency fabric that's designed to maximize warmth and breathability while wicking away moisture, yet is lighter and much more compact than a bulky traditional fleece. And you won't look like you just came down off a mountain. $149
UV Skinz "Matt" Collared Shirt
Protect yourself from the sun's rays on the golf course, at the country club, or anywhere else t-shirts are not welcome, with the Matt collared shirt from UV Skinz. It carries a UPF rating of 50+, blocking 98 percent of the sun's harmful UVA and UVB rays. And, if you're hitting the beach or pool after the 18th hole, you can even swim in it. You'll be the best dressed at the pool bar. $38.95
Since you never know what Mother Nature is going to throw at you, having a SunThing in your pocket or pack can save you from extreme sun, a sudden windstorm, flying dirt, or even swarms of bugs. A four-way stretchable tube of breathable polyester with a UPF of 25+, the SunThing slips over your head and can be worn as a face mask, neck gaiter, headband, beanie, head rag, balaclava, or hood. (Here's a demo.) Perfect for fending off whatever comes your way. You can also opt for the SunDana, with an angled bandana cut, if you prefer the outlaw look. $19.99
REI Kimtah Rain Pants
Not everyone prefers sunny days for their outdoor activities. If you're planning on spending the next rainy day at your favorite fishing spot, make sure you're wearing Kimtah Rain Pants by REI. Made with eVent fabric, the best in breathable windproof and waterproof material with a unique membrane structure that allows sweat to escape, they are windproof to 60 mph, have water-resistant zippers and sealed seams for added storm protection, a reinforced backside for durability, drawstrings at the waist and cuffs to keep water out, zips at the ankles for pulling over boots, and they weigh in at a scant 11.5 ounces. Time to rethink those ridiculous plastic rain pants you've had stuffed in your gear bag for years. $189
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